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Name for a fictional 11 year old girl please

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Ponymum Sun 31-May-09 16:20:23

Well you lot seem to know what you are talking about, so would you mind suggesting / commenting on names for a fictional girl I am trying to create? smile

I am writing a book for ages 9-12. Three girls aged 11 are fiends. Two girls are Polly and Annabel. Need a name for the third friend. Any suggestions?

Constraints are:
- Needs to be distinct from the other two names so that it is easy to tell the characters apart
- I want to avoid having all three girls with predictable middle class girly names, IYKWIM! i.e. reject Charlotte, Olivia, Lucy, etc
- I want a slightly "older" name, i.e. not top of today's popular list. But is anyone actually called Karen, Rachel, etc these days? Is that believable?
- The character's dad is something like a property developer, made his own money but not born to it
- She is currently Melanie which I think works for her, but I want to change it as it sounds too similar to Annabel (Mel, Bel, both 3 syllables)
- It would be ideal if it worked with Sykes as a surname.

So sorry that I am asking about a fictional person's name when there are real babies out there needing names! But if you can spare the time it would really help me out.

Any suggestions?

PlumBumMum Sun 31-May-09 16:22:33

Mary
Beth
Ann

SlartyBartFast Sun 31-May-09 16:22:43

Rebecca
prob rebekah or something
<<judging by dd's friends>>

amber
jade

PlumBumMum Sun 31-May-09 16:23:03

I like Beth out of my suggestions

SlartyBartFast Sun 31-May-09 16:24:01

oh yes beth/any is popular

GossipMonger Sun 31-May-09 16:25:11

I was going to say Rebecca too!

Dawn
Helen
Katie
Janie
Marie
Ronnie (a unisex name would be good actually)

so

Stevie
Robyn
Georgie
Harriet(harry)

Ponymum Sun 31-May-09 16:30:07

Ooo, these are good! I had thought of Rebecca too, but favour a shorter name so I am now thinking about the other great suggestions.

amisuchabadmummy Sun 31-May-09 16:31:42

Dolores
Lilia
May
Helen

are the girls really fiends or did you mean friends?! grin

Ponymum Sun 31-May-09 16:33:05

I like Beth and Helen, but not sure.
Would like to avoid a -ie or -y ending if possible.

Can't believe I am finding this so hard. blush

ScummyMummy Sun 31-May-09 16:33:06

Shirley

ilovemydogandmrobama Sun 31-May-09 16:34:25

Mary
Stella
Melissa

amisuchabadmummy Sun 31-May-09 16:34:46

Donna
Susan
Veronica

amisuchabadmummy Sun 31-May-09 16:35:02

Frances? Fran?

GossipMonger Sun 31-May-09 16:35:30

Max
Jo
Faye
Hope
Alison
Alice
Bea
Caitlin
Diana

FeelMuchBrighterToday Sun 31-May-09 16:42:02

what is she like, what sort of character/role? shy? gregarious? brave? sensitive? theatrical? outdoorsy? quick-tempered? gentle? spoilt? popular? timid? artistic?

nickschick Sun 31-May-09 16:43:57

Molly

jillian

samantha

claire

katherine

toni

ahundredtimes Sun 31-May-09 16:45:14

Megan Sykes

FeelMuchBrighterToday Sun 31-May-09 16:47:37

isn't there a sleb called Melanie Sykes?

nickschick Sun 31-May-09 16:48:10

Sam sykes sounds great I think - if her Dads a builder he may well be rather 'blokey' and give his dd a name that could be male/female.

Ponymum Sun 31-May-09 16:57:40

feelmuchbrighter I just googled Melanie Sykes. You are right! shock Just as well I decided to change her name!

Megan Sykes looking good...

Ponymum Sun 31-May-09 17:03:18

To answer your question, she is at first perceived to be snobbish and mean but in the end is actually generous and nice. She is adventurous and talented.

GossipMonger Sun 31-May-09 17:04:58

Not Megan.

Tis a popular name like charlotte or Emily.

I like Rebecca Sykes. Becca for short.

FeelMuchBrighterToday Sun 31-May-09 17:07:12

how about Tam Sykes, short for Tamara?

Ponymum Sun 31-May-09 17:11:09

OK, not Megan.

Rebecca, Melissa, Rachel... ?

ahundredtimes Sun 31-May-09 17:13:14

Megan Sykes is a great name! It seems quite spiteful and spiky and a bit mean - but then when you realize she's nice, then Megan or Meg is kind and unassuming. It's popular but I think that is okay, but not middle class like the Olivia's she didn't want.

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